EUGENIA RASKOPOULOS, UNDER MY SKIN # 13, PHOTO PRINT, 2014
The conceptual parameters of Raskopoulos’ work are concerned with identity, the fragmented body, language, translation and transcription. Her work explores the margins of photography and video, an interdisciplinary zone that synthesizes performance, writing, drawing and installation.
Anne Marsh states “Raskopoulos is primarily known for her photography and video; however, it would be misleading to categorise the work exclusively in terms of lens-based media because so often the still and/or moving image is situated as an installation within the gallery. There are certainly photographic sequences that stand alone, and there are single- and multi-channel videos that exist as works in their own right, but Raskopoulos often increases the complexity of these works through their situation, or their relationship with other elements. Added to this is the intimacy of her screen works, generated because they are video performances. She often uses her body to create a haptic language, harnessing the sound of the corporeal within her projects. Thus, the oeuvre transgresses the borders between lens-based media, performance art, and installation, and in between the forms there are multiple translations and slippages.” 1
Raskopoulos has been exhibiting for 30 years in prominent national and international exhibitions: TarraWarra Biennial TarraWarra Museum of Art. (2016). Read your lips Australian Centre for Photography, National Artists’ Self –Portrait Prize University of Queensland Art Museum (2013). Footnotes Art Gallery of New South Wales (2012). Image Anxiety PHotoEspaña, Madrid´s International Photography and Visual Arts Festival (2012). Light Works National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2012). MUTE Art Bridge Gallery @ 798 Beijing, China - Shen Shaomin & Eugenia Raskopoulos (2011). Nightcomers Project, 10th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul (2007).with(out) voice Photosynkyria AAS Gallery,Thessaloniki,Greece (2000). Fragments, Lunami Gallery Tokyo, Japan (1997). Sweet Dreams, Australian Perspecta 1993, A Satellite Exhibition, The Balmoral, Homeworld, Prospect (1993). Ironworks 88, Santa Fe Center of Photography, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1988).
A selection of awards received by Raskopoulos are 2016 Australia Council grant for the production of a monograph with Thames & Hudson. Residency Art Columbia College Chicago. 2011 Artist in Residence, Redgate Studios Beijing, China. 2007 New Work Grant Visual Arts/Craft Fund Board of the Australia Council. 2006 MoMA Scholarship for The Feminist Future: Conference MoMA New York. 2004 Western Sydney's Fellowship NSW Ministry for the Arts. 2003 The Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, Art Gallery of NSW Residency. 2000 Project Grant: New Work VACF Australia Council. 1999 Women's Research Scheme Grant University of Western Sydney. In 2012 she won the prestigious Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award. Her work is represented in Australia’s major public galleries, as well as private and corporate collections nationally and internationally.
Born 1959, Svitavy, Czech Republic Eugenia Raskopoulos immigrated with her family back to Greece at the end of 1959 and then to Sydney in 1963. She studied at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney (1977–79), completing her Masters of Fine Art at the College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales, in 1993. In 2011 she completed her PhD at the College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales. Raskopoulos taught at the University of Western Sydney from 1988 – 2006. She currently lives and works in Sydney.
1. Anne Marsh (2015) Photo/Video Language and the Feminine in Selected Works by Eugenia Raskopoulos, Australian and new Zealand Journal of Art, 15:2, 182-194, DOI: 10.1080/14434318.2015.1089818